• May 24, 2024
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Opinion

Opinion: Inspiring Community Ridership by Promoting Irvine Connect

Today I took an Irvine Connect bus ride from Woodbridge Shopping Center to the Spectrum and back. I am very impressed with the route, and the accurate scheduling. I only wish I had access to an Irvine Connect bus line. Irvine is being advertised as one of the happiest cities in the nation. Let’s not rest […]

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Opinion: Irvine Connect Leaves Seniors and Disabled Residents Out of the Loop

Irvine Connect is a fantastic concept! I wish I had access to Irvine Connect services. I could get to Senior Centers, libraries, my bank, go shopping, and go to the Spectrum to shop, eat lunch out, and then relax while enjoying a movie. Irvine badly needs an Irvine-circulation-only public transportation service.  However, I question the […]

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Opinion: Which IUSD Schools Need Busing the Most? The Answer May Surprise You

Flying students, unequal access figure into school bus policies Only five of Irvine Unified School District’s 42 schools offer buses to general education students. Thankfully, the Irvine City Council recently started working with IUSD to see if the city can help reduce traffic, cut carbon emissions, and improve public safety by expanding school busing. What’s […]

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Opinion: Irvine’s Democratic Process Is Crumbling A Voter Call To Action

For years I have been inspired by Irvine’s General Plan provision calling for the City to inspire “Robust” resident participation in Irvine’s decision-making process. I have enjoyed participating in the decision-making process and have enjoyed interacting with our very cooperative City Staff members who have gone to great lengths to assist me with understanding the […]

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Opinion: Celebrating the Power of Community Collaboration and Civic Engagement in Woodbury

We’re thrilled to share some fantastic news with our community! Thanks to the community’s unwavering support and active engagement, significant progress has been made in addressing safety concerns at the intersection of Great Lawn and Hallmark in the Woodbury neighborhood. In response to community feedback and a request submitted last October, the city has re-evaluated […]

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Opinion: Responding To Israeli/Palestinian Hate In The Community And In Schools 

I have lived in Irvine for 43 years. I worked as an Orange County Adult Protective Services Social worker for over 25 years responding to and investigating allegations of abuse and neglect of seniors and disabled adults and offering support services to both the victims and the alleged abusers. In my experience, the best results […]

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Opinion: Carroll Touts Irvine’s Green Credentials After Years of Opposing Environmental Efforts

Irvine City Councilmember Mike Carroll appears to be taking credit for Irvine’s sound environmental policies despite a history of actively working against them.  Carroll submitted a memo to agendize a vote for the City to pursue Clean California designation to be voted on at this Tuesday’s February 27 City Council meeting. Clean California is a […]

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Opinion | The Irvine City Council Cannot and Should Not Consider a Resolution About Gaza

At the Irvine City Council meeting on December 12, 2023, Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Larry Agran indicated they may call for a resolution seeking a ceasefire in the Gaza-Israel conflict. While the issue tugs at the heartstrings, such a resolution would be illegal. The Municipal Code explicitly forbids the Council from even considering this “nonmunicipal” matter. […]

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Opinion: The Case for Prioritizing People Over Parking

I recently attempted to visit Roosevelt Coffee near Cypress Village Shopping Center to do some work on my laptop. This is the story of that journey, which illustrates why Irvine parking policies – like parking policies everywhere – make cities unpleasant, unsustainable, and bankrupt.  I decided to take OCTA’s 167 bus line, which is a […]

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Questions Surround Eligibility of Organization Seeking Nearly Half Of Irvine’s Discretionary Charitable Funds

An item on tonight’s consent calendar will earmark what will result in $22,500, nearly half of Irvine’s charitable funds, to one organization. Will this enhance the quality of life for Irvine residents or businesses? Irvine’s Community Partnership Funds (CPF) are typically $50,000 per fiscal year, with each Councilmember allocated $10,000 to distribute among various nonprofit […]

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